People from around the world will be watching the inauguration of the new Bishop of Gloucester at Gloucester Cathedral on Saturday – and all from the comfort of their own homes.
The Rt Revd Rachel Treweek will be welcomed to her role in a special service at 4.30pm tomorrow.
More than 1,000 people are expected to turn up to the event – but many more will be able to watch the service live as it streams live on YouTube.
Among those who will be watching are Bob and Ann Scott, who will be tuning in on their computer from their home in Crete.
Bob said: “My wife Ann and I were regular worshippers at the cathedral from about 1979 until we left to come and live in Crete in August 1997.
“It will be just the two of us watching the service. We might have had the Anglican Chaplain and his wife with us but they are leaving tomorrow to go to Zagreb for the European Diocesan Synod next week.”
During the service, Bishop Rachel will be presented with her pastoral staff and will be placed in her cathedra (or bishop’s chair) by the Archdeacon of Canterbury, the Venerable Sheila Watson, on behalf of the Archbishop of Canterbury. She will also preach her first sermon in Gloucester as the bishop.
The service, which starts at 4.30pm on Saturday 19 September, can be viewed live on the Diocese of Gloucester’s YouTube channel http://bit.ly/1JesAjW